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Danny the Champion of the World

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  59,235 ratings  ·  2,631 reviews
Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1975)
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Mon It's a great book, but touches on a few things that you may want to consider. The book centers around poaching birds and specifically stealing and tre…moreIt's a great book, but touches on a few things that you may want to consider. The book centers around poaching birds and specifically stealing and trespassing on someone else's property. The father breaks his leg and Danny and his friend both get caned on the hands for cheating. (less)
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Try your local library or a bookshop. Or buy it online.

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Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Oddly to some, this still stands as my favorite Roald Dahl book. It's hard for me to pinpoint why, since it's my opinion and I hate examining my opinions too closely, but to take a swing at it:
It's one of the least zany of Dahl's books, which ultimately gives it staying power. With many of his other works, you get caught up in the wacky characters, situations, and goings ons and it's hard to take them as seriously once you get a little bit older and gain a little bit of sophistication. However,
Miranda Reads
How well do you know your parents?

Nine-year-old Danny always lived with just his dad in their cozy gypsy caravan.

He thought he knew everything about his father, until one day he wakes up in the middle of the night to find out that his father missing.

His father - his honorable, wonderful and loving father - has a very, very huge secret.

One that will throw their lives into complete chaos.
I will not pretend I wasn't petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of
Luca Ambrosino
ENGLISH (Danny the Champion of the World) / ITALIANO

«When I was four months old, my mother died suddenly and my father was left to look after me all by himself. This is how I looked at the time. I had no brothers or sisters. So all through my boyhood, fromthe age of four months onward, there were just the two of us, my father and me»
Danny, nine years old, and his father live together in an old carriage, carefree. The story takes a turn for the unexpected when Danny finds out that his father, in
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A re-read with Neo over the last while. I wanted to share my original review, altered with some of Neo’s sentiments in the latter part.

Dahl continues with his wonderful children's stories, telling one that has a realistic flavour to it, sure to appeal to the masses. After the death of his mother as an infant, Danny is left to live with his father. Together, they forge a bond so close that no one can come between them. Living in a small caravan out back of the service station he owns, William (Wi
"Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death, they wouldn't be exciting, if they didn't."

Similar to the other Roald Dahl`s books that I have read, Danny the Champion of the World is simple, interesting and engaging. The storyline is about the relationship between Danny and his father, and their exciting adventure trip.

One of the lessons to be learnt from this book is "it never pays to eat more than your fair share".
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite Roald Dahl book. I've reread it at least a dozen times since I was a child, and it's just marvelous. I love the bond the father has with his son, I love the drawings, I love the coziness of the caravan, and I love the great poaching adventure that the father and son embark on. Three cheers for Danny! ...more
Mariah Roze
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
I am currently trying to read all of Roald Dahl's books this year.

I want to start off letting you know where I stand. This book did not impress me. After reading sooo many of Roald Dahl's books this year, this book was a let down. There wasn't a lot to the plot and it became very boring at moments. If this book wasn't so short it probably would have been a DNF for me. This book also wasn't creative. The main character was very similar to the main character in George's Marvelous Medicine, they m
B Schrodinger
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
"Danny the Champion of the World", like most of Roald's work, can be seen in two different ways. Danny, 10 years old, lives with his father in gypsy caravan behind a filling station in rural England. His father is a mechanic and teaches Danny very early how to rebuild engines and be a brilliant mechanic. But his father has another hobby that was secret to Danny. When Danny finds out about it, his father brings him along. Family bonding, much happiness. Very sweet book.

Or it could be the tale of
Leo .
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply brilliant. Read this at school back in the 1980's. What a wonderful mind Ronald Dahl had. I remember how I envied Danny when he got to drive the vehicle. This was adapted into a film with Jeremy Irons I think. Film was good too🐯👍. ...more
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Goodbye Roald Dhal. I thought I liked you, but apparently I only liked Quentin Blake.

I received a whole box of Roald Dhal's books earlier this year. I got them because my family knows how much I loved Roald Dhal growing up, and now I have a YouTube channel and I though "hey, it would be cool to re-read all his books to talk about them on my channel". MWHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

No. I hated almost every single one of them and this book is quite possibly one of the worst books I ever read.

Danny is a young
Ahmad Sharabiani
Danny: The Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
Danny, the Champion of the World is a 1975 children's book by Roald Dahl. The plot centres on Danny, a young English boy, and his father, William, who live in a Gypsy caravan fixing cars for a living and partake in poaching pheasants. It was first published in 1975 in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه جولای سال 2001 میلادی
عنوان: دنی قهرمان جهان؛ نویسنده: رولد دال؛ مترج
Dash fan
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt read.
A Beautiful father and Son bond.
Another one of my favourite Dahl books
Everyone so memorable. Brings back happy childhood memories.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I got this book in 1988, when I was eight or nine years old, and it was a dear favourite of mine. The story of Danny and his fantastic dad, and their life in the old gypsy caravan by the petrol pumps and garage - it was at once a whole new other world, and something very near and dear to me.

Danny is raised by his dad, a mechanic and Danny's hero. They live in a colourful wooden caravan under a large apple tree, serving petrol and fixing cars. Danny's father teaches him all about cars and how to
A. Dawes
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Before the dystopian hit The Road, there was another father-son relationship hit, but for another audience altogether.

This funny, witty and charming children's novel is a pleasure to read.

Danny the Champion of the World is a win for the working class. Danny loves life and sees the riches in it rather than his poverty stricken surroundings. The objective reality is that they live in a caravan and just scrape by with the barest essentials, yet through the eyes of Danny, life is splendid: he's a me
Himanshu Karmacharya
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-s
The thing about Roald Dahl's books is that they can be enjoyed by both children and adults, and Danny the Champion of the World is no exception.

Easy to read, heartwarming, ridiculously humorous and showcasing a beautiful relation between father and son, this book is a delightful read.

Also, kudos to Quentin Blake, whose illustrations make all the Roald Dahl's books complete.
Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2015 Classics Challenge.

"A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY".

Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father a boy could wish for. Life is happy and peaceful in their gipsy caravan, until one day Danny discovers his dad has been breaking the law. What's more, soon Danny has to join his father as they attempt to pull off a daring and devilish plot against their horrible, greedy neighbour, Mr Victor H
Molly Porter
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a really good book.
For the record, this was not my favorite Roald Dahl book. Something about the poaching seemed a little less "Robin Hood" and a little more... Uh... "sour grapes" than what I was hoping for. But whatever. It was still good.

And, it was one of the very, very few Roald Dahl books I'd never read. Either way, lets see what the kids said about it. (If it gets 4 or 5 stars, you know why...)

Dad: Alright! How many stars do you want to give it?

Eleanor: FIVE!

Gwennie: FIIIiiiiiVVEE?

E: Gwennie, you don't so
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite having read pretty much all of Roald Dahl's other books, I had not read this one until recently. I don't know why. It was hugely popular when I was in second and third grade, but among the boys, and I had sort of dismissed it as a "boy's book." It is in fact a wonderful, lyrical book, some of Dahl's best writing. And it's not just a heart-warming tale of a boy and his father. Nope. It's a how-to for poaching pheasants. Brilliant.

Update 2018: Read it aloud to the kids. We loved every page
Sheila Beaumont
This is one of the very few books by Roald Dahl that I hadn't read before, and I'm so glad I didn't miss out on it! It's a brilliant story about the loving relationship between Danny and his father.

Also, it includes detailed instructions on how to poach pheasants.

I love the way the main point of the story is summed up in a note to young readers at the very end: "A stodgy parent is no fun at all! What a child wants and DESERVES is a parent who is SPARKY!"

Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Roald Dahl books :)

Entertaining book! Well written and I love the little quirks in Dahls writing.

This book is about a father and son who live humbly in a caravan. The father teaches the boy all about mechanics and the boy picks it up quickly. One night the boy notices the father is not on his bunk and is missing and later his father tells him his deep deep dark secret - he poaches pheasants from the towns jerk of neighbor.

I wouldn't read this book to kids lol because it talks about
Rhea (Rufus Reads)
Sparkly! That's how this made me feel inside. Or perhaps akin to when I've downed a mug of hot chocolate. I actually think this is a rather useful "guidebook to new parents" than a children's book, but maybe that's because I'm only discovering Dahl in my adult life.

The book's plot (more or less): Danny's a little boy who grows up being in love with his father. They go through some amazing adventures together. And Danny continues to be in love with his father. The end.

This book has all the fuzzi
Alex Ankarr
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, kidlit
I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid (the squirrels! the Oompa-Loompas!). But this is the Roald Dahl book that has stayed with me, and a lot of other people I've met along the way. Like any really outstanding kids' book it has a lot to say to, and about, adults.

Danny has a warm and loving relationship with his Dad: it's a touchstone that gives him a measure for sane and healthy adult behaviour. It enables him to see the reverse, too: when an adult is nothing but a tall child, using
Dana Salman
Aug 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring-books
A bit far-fetched. I'd passed by this book many times before and it never caught my interest on account of it being long and the title not being more discriptive. You could be the champion of the world through many things; doing something exceedingly difficult or impossible, inventing something that could cure world hunger, or something else equally huge. Drugging two hundred pheasants is not exactly what I had in mind. All that crap Danny's father talks about poaching being an art. Who in their ...more
Elisha Condie
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is one of the sweetest books in the entire world. Danny and his father live in a little gypsy caravan behind the filling station where they work. Danny's Mum died ages ago and it's just the two of them and they are very happy together.

Then one day his Dad tells him about poaching, and how exciting it is. He teaches Danny the best ways to steal birds off the mean rich man's land and they hatch a plan to steal ALL of them the night before the big hunt to humiliate the mean rich man. But th
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
This is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books. It's simply the story of a boy, Danny, and his father, who is a pheasant poacher. That's it. It's one of his least crazy books and doesn't involve magic at all. Admittedly there is a huge madcap caper at the end, but it never truly pushes the boundaries of believability.

The story deals with all sorts of problems that children have growing up, including school and bullying and it's as relevant now as it was when it was written (apart form the use of c
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a book out loud is very different to reading it in your head. Characters escape through your mouth rather than infiltrating your eyes. I heartily recommend it from time to time.
Mar 23, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ok, read it
My God! this was what i said to myself; this man teaching his son who to steal from others? but then, some more pages . . . hummm . . . and some more pages . . . My God! this book is lovely, this is what all parents must to read, they do not know how react towards thier childeren, and this book teach them how . . . i love it . . .
Suad Shamma
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, own
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the overarching message, and I loved the relationship between father and son. It was entertaining, endearing and funny. This was one of the Roald Dahl stories that I hadn't read as a child, so it was nice to read it with fresh and new eyes, having zero expectations. ...more
Faith Spinks
I loved this book as a kid and the re-read as an adult did not disappoint. In fact, started last night and I read it in just two sittings.

This is the story of a father and son and their adventure together. Danny's mum died when he was a baby and he was brought up by his dad who is the most wonderful dad in the whole world (according to Danny). Danny and his dad live in a little gypsy caravan behind the petrol filling station which his dad runs. One night Danny wakes to discover his father is mi
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